03.03.22

Daines: Reports of Biden Admin Quietly Shuttering Montana Veteran Health Care Facilities is Unacceptable

Daines spoke directly with VA Secretary today sharing concerns regarding the potential closure

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today slammed reports that the Biden administration is quietly closing veteran health care clinics across Montana. Daines spoke directly with Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Denis McDonough to share his concerns about the potential closures and the impacts to Montana veterans. Last month Daines also requested answers and transparency from the VA on the potential closures.

“Reports that the VA under Biden plans to silently shutter health care clinics across Montana is absolutely unacceptable. Countless Montana veterans rely on VA health care facilities for critical care and we must do everything we can to ensure these important services remain available to the men and women who selflessly served our nation. I stand with rural Montana veterans and will do everything I can to reverse this disastrous decision,” Daines said.

The VA has not officially responded to Daines’ February 4th letter at this time.

 

Background:

On February 4, Daines sent a letter to the VA calling for transparency and answers on decisions impacting Montana veterans. This includes an investigation which found 1,600 potentially ineligible providers in the VA's system, the VA quietly consolidating Community Care offices and pending VA health care facility closures.

 

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 Contact: Rachel Dumke,  Katie Schoettler